Today’s headlines — Wednesday, Jan. 21

Lanark Prairie Advocate – Found 1 hour agoCommerce (http://www.senategop.state.il.us/Porta … … residents are packing up and leaving the Land of …
 
 
Find out how much your school district taxes per student. #schools http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140122/news/701229925/ …
 
 
Lt. Gov. Candidate, Rep. Jil Tracy who is on the ticket with Sen. Kirk Dillard, will join us at 7:20.
 
 
Good morning! Stay tuned to my appearance on @bruceanddan on WLS 890 at 7:37 this morning.
 
 
Thanks again to @bruceanddan for interviewing me this morning. Great discussion about moving in a new direction in DC and Illinois.
 
 
 
Watchdog: Todd Stroger official coerced contributions from Cook County workersChicago TribuneThe father of John and James D’Amico was a city Streets and Sanitation Department deputy commissioner who along with his wife was sent to a federal penitentiary in the mid-1990s for their role in a ghost-payrolling scam. A grandfather, former Ald …
 
 
 
There’s a new deal to tackle the Illinois pension problem, but it’s a secret. However, one state senator who is a union backer was told, “You’re not gonna like it.” Why should we expect anything besides kicking the can down the road again?
 
 
When the Illinois State Board of Education meets today, expect a lot of the … State school officials have to find a way to make the U.S. Department of …
 
 
Letter: Repeal business tax exemptionsThe State Journal-RegisterAs a former analyst who reviewed tax legislation for the Illinois Department of Revenue, I frequently questioned the feasibility of “promised based” rather than “performance based” tax break legislation. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, manufacturers …
 
 
“I am not a big fan of gambling or gaming,” said Niles Trustee George … Hanusiak pointed to a recent proposal by the Illinois Gaming Board to tighten …
 
 
Illinois state lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol next week for the start of the spring session. Many things could come up during the session …
 
 
Bruce Rauner’s political troubles are mounting in his campaign to become the Republican nominee in the March 18 Illinois gubernatorial primary.
 
 
(KMOV.com) – The state of Illinois has a life saving program that few people know about. The Yellow Dot Program is a free service offered to Illinois drivers who have medical issues. Drivers with medical issues place a yellow dot on the driver …
 
 
Peoria congressman Schock: ‘Donor swap’ reports not as they seem http://fb.me/2515r2DSk 
 
 
Rockford Experiencing Shortage in Psychiatrists http://ow.ly/2D97lN 
 
 
ILGA — Senate Bills in House.pdf http://ift.tt/LS6HBI 
 
 
ILGA — House Bills in Senate.pdf http://ift.tt/1mrffub 
 
 
Springfield Offers Bonds to Local Investors Today http://wmay.com/wmay-news/86308 
 
 
On tap today: mayor talks tourism, governor delivers pizzas to troops, GOP gov candidate forum sans Rauner.
 
 
With Rauner sitting out the Union League Club forum, might expect even more “beat up Brucey.”
 
 
Will be taking State issues listen in live WZUS FM 101 in Decatur at 8a with @Busboom101 &@WANDTVDoug
 
 
 
[ooyala code=”hqbzlhazqN87Shdf6Mhd4at4NSHSMFG2″ player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″] (KTVI)– Medical marijuana was legalized in Illinois back in August 2013, but promised that they would have some of the strictest rules in the country. Tuesday the rules were unveiled in a 4-year pilot program and the department wants you to weigh in. The Department of Health in Illinoi
 
 
Lawmakers explain opposition to reform bill at annual D-300 forum
 
 
 
Republicans in the General Assembly who oppose a progressive income tax say they oppose it even if the corporate income tax were abolished.  They frame their opposition to a progressive income tax – one that charges higher rates on higher …
 
 
An online education leader says it’s possible the FCC will appeal – or Congress will get involved in – a court decision last week putting the concept of “net neutrality” on ice.  “You go to a web page,” …
 
 
The Illinois legislature returns next week with the pension overhaul in the past. But people are still talking about it.  State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) says a less-comprehensive bill pushed by his chamber’s leaders was better. …
 
 
It’s apparent that very deep-seated scorn for the poor continues to haunt segments of American society. It can be observed in behavior, overheard in conversations, read in editorials, and, per…
 
 
Mark Denzler and Michael Carrigan are, of course, speaking to their own financial self interests (Jan. 16 guest column, “Stop last-ditch political wrangling over fracking rules”).In fact, the aggressive tactics of groups like theirs pushed the fracking legislation through in the spring without seriously taking into account the environmental problems which affect us all. These include rel
 
 
Gov. Pat Quinn says military members overseas will get Chicago-style pizza pies in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
 
 
The Illinois primary will take place eight weeks from Tuesday.
 
 
A Daily Herald editorial says a new university report on Illinois pensions emphasizes the diverse approaches still needed to correct the state’s budget mess.
 
 
More than $6 million in federal money will be available in May for low-income Illinois homeowners to use for household maintenance such as roof repairs and heating system upgrades.
 
 
Meanwhile, a Super PAC gears up to go after … Bruce Rauner.
 
 
State funding for colleges and universities appears to be rebounding across the nation. Illinois State University Professor Jim Palmer says his annual survey shows state legislatures spent nearly 6% more on higher education last year. Palmer says these funding swings tend to track recessions and the economy fairly closely.
 
 
PEORIA — A former Illinois congressman who once led the U.S. Department of Transportation is joining a law firm as a senior policy adviser.
 
 
Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland is the campaign coordinator for Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford who is running as a Republican candidate for governor.
 
 
 
Pleased to announce on the set of @NBCChicagoFire today the #IL film industry generated $358M in 2013 & 4200 +jobs http://tinyurl.com/mkm2dwt 
 
 
Can’t wait! RT: @MikeforIllinois: Looking forward to seeing @callis4illinois tomorrow in #Champaign for my announcement stop! #twill #IL13
 
 
Thanks to productions like @NBCChicagoFire these record-breaking numbers show there’s no better place to film than IL pic.twitter.com/vE9axyWELK
 
 
After dinner with the family I stopped by the #York Township #GOP meeting in #Elmhurst. pic.twitter.com/NkGDj2AwqF
 
 
Final stop of the night, #Addison Township #GOP meeting. Thank you again for your support & all you do for the party pic.twitter.com/dxgeV0ObaE
 
 
Great people and ideas tonight @illinoisGBA event @sgstudios and @Accuraty. This is the future of CU. #greenbusiness #chambana
 
 
Can’t wait! RT: @MikeforIllinois: Looking forward to seeing @callis4illinois tomorrow in #Champaign for my announcement stop! #twill #IL13
 
 
Here is a link to the WJPF interview, also up on our facebook page. http://www.wjpf.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6688211 …
 
 
Meeting in Wilmington this afternoon with officials, Mayor Orr and Admin Tony Graff regarding traffic concerns. Stopped by Hayden’s
 
 
 
How would you like to taste chili made by 15 professional and non-professional chefs? Come to the Chili Cook Off Fundraiser Sunday, January 26th at 4 pm, Fieldhouse on Heritage, Bourbonnais. $20 per person – all you can eat; Kids under 13 free. We have celebrity judges and will have a lot of fun. Need tickets – let me know – or private message Tinker Moore Parker – we’ll get you as many as you nee
 
 
Join me at my Fundraiser on February 5On the Road to Springfield Fundraiserus3.campaign-archive1.com
 
 
Meeting in Wilmington this afternoon with officials, Mayor Orr and Admin Tony Graff regarding traffic concerns. Stopped by Hayden’s
 
 
Do not surrender your dreams! pic.twitter.com/LB5Djdaat4
 
 
Radio with Jill Boomer on WJBM in Jerseyville this morning. And Farm Bureau Leg. Update at Jville KofC tonight. TY to all who came out!
 
 
Welch challenger in 7th Dist. kicked off ballot @FP_Review http://www.forestparkreview.com/News/Articles/1-21-2014/Welch-challenger-in-7th-Dist.-kicked-off-ballot/?utm_source=TwitterShare&utm_medium=TwitterShare&utm_campaign=TwiterShare …
 
 
Hardiman Confident In Chances Of Beating Quinn In Race For Governor http://p.ost.im/RGuqkU  pic.twitter.com/Zr4JwyHknS
 
 
Labor Unions try to defend forced unionization at U.S. Supreme Court–What will Justice Scalia decide? http://bit.ly/1dtWjp7  #twill #SCOTUS
 
 
Thank you Ken Toftoy, Kendall County Coroner, for planning a meet and greet for me in Kendall County. We have a lot of momentum in Kendall.
 
 
And the Emmy for the biggest Shatterglass Fan goes too.. Thank you to Shatterglass Studio and Accuraty for hosting tonight’s Illinois Green Business Association reception.
 
 
Spoke at the Kendall County Republican Women Candidates Forum. Chairman Pam Watts leads a great organization. A very well organized and well attended candidates forum.
 
 
Tonight with York Township GOP in Elmhurst. With 130 precincts, it is one of the largest in the state. Great to have so many people take my “friend to friend” cards.
 
 
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) cosponsored the DIPLOMA Act (HR 2237) to authorize competitive grants to strengthen educational achievement through increased community and family engagement in disadvantaged or low-achieving areas and schools. “Every student deserves the opportunity for a high-quality education, irrespective of their zip code, and this bill encourages families and communities to w
 
 
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) cosponsored the Community College to Career Fund Act (HR 2560) to authorize competitive grants to enhance community colleges’ abilities to train skilled workers.       The Community College to Career Fund authorizes four types of grants, focusing on enhancing workforce development; rewarding successful training programs; encouraging businesses to bring jobs to deve
 
 
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement on the beginning of the Joint Action Plan. “Today, marks a first step on a long, difficult process to end and dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons programs. It is imperative that the US and our allies remain dedicated to ensuring that Iran fully complies with the Joint Plan of Action, and that the sanctions architecture that brou
 
 
@MikeforIllinois shared your video on my Facebook fan page. It’s good for 2 views (my mom and my wife). C you @ Jersey Co Dems Trivia night
 
 
This, of course, is preposterous; beyond the contemplation of people in the private sector. There are other cases… http://fb.me/1gUaVqtkz 
 
 
Talk about absurd. Who’s investigating the Office of Executive Inspector General?! http://fb.me/1cHuDQTAy 
 
 
A state official was paid to stay home for nearly 30 months while investigators examined allegations against him. http://bit.ly/LSZIIU 
 
 
Latest on our Blog: Reboletti: Time to Rewrite Illinois Tax Code http://goo.gl/fb/FFswB 
 
 
Republicans push school choice. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/gop-school-choice-minority-voters-102393.html?hp=f2 …
 
 
Get “In the Know” on More traffic at Chicago’s airports, no changes to special ed class sizes… http://goo.gl/fb/5DG5i 
 
 
Mike is officially kicking off his campaign for Treasurer today! RT this, invite your friends to join the campaign. pic.twitter.com/AWoLow3YgT
 
 
Follow Mike as he makes four announcement stops in #Chicago, #RockIsland, #Peoria, and #Champaign by following the #MikeforIL hastag. #twill
 
 
@MikeforIllinois See you at 10 in Chicago with @Robin42CD
 
 
Dear Neighbors, This week I voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that will fund the government through the remainder of the Fiscal Year and prevents another government shutdown. The bill reduces some of the most damaging cuts from the sequester, makes important investments in education and transportation, and prevents flood insurance rates from increasing.  The extensive national support for i
 
 
Talk about absurd. Who’s investigating the Office of Executive Inspector General?!State official returned to work after nearly 30 months of paid leavewww.chicagotribune.comPaid administrative leave for state employees in Illinois is supposed to be an “expeditious” process, according to the governor’s office.
 
 
About to go live with Tom Miller in Carterville to talk about our Southern Swing. Our first stop is at Rare Chop House in Mt. Vernon at noon
 
 
 
CHICAGO — Restrictions imposed on Chicago mob boss Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo at the North Carolina federal prison where he’s serving a life sentence amount to elder abuse, his lawyers c…
 
 
Thanks Red Apple Restaurant for your hospitality. #avondale #39thDistrict
 
 
Looking forward to seeing @callis4illinois tomorrow in #Champaign for my announcement stop! https://www.facebook.com/events/1429861943898755/ … #twill #IL13 #Urbana
 
 
Wonderful to discuss a wide range of issues here in Wheeling! pic.twitter.com/SNNeWwtCvG
 
 
After dinner with the family I stopped by the #York Township #GOP meeting in #Elmhurst. pic.twitter.com/NkGDj2AwqF
 
 
Final stop of the night, #Addison Township #GOP meeting. Thank you again for your support & all you do for the party pic.twitter.com/dxgeV0ObaE
 
 
The board opted not to take up the issue at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday. Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna, …
 
 
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock tours the vacant Madison Theater Tuesday in downtown #Peoria to talk about tax credits that could be used to renovated the historic building. (Journal Star photo by Kristen Zeis)
 
 
From the WUIS Harvest Desk…Harvest Desk: Ethanol At A Crossroadswuis.orgA steady stream of semi-trailers rolls across the scales at the E Energy ethanol plant near the town of Adams in southeast Nebraska. The smokestack behind
 
 
We need teams for our Trivia Night Fundraiser in Springfield on February 15th. Sign up today! Guaranteed fun; come out and support Senator Manar’s re-election campaign!
 
 
David Davis of Bloomington presided as judge over the Circuit courts. He and the intrepid lawyers traveled from county seat to county seat each spring and fall, arguing cases of all subject matters and importance. They traveled barely …
 
 
http://bit.ly/1bV1Id4  New incentive pay plan at Prairie Capital Convention Center
 
 
Wonderful to discuss a wide range of issues here in Wheeling! pic.twitter.com/SNNeWwtCvG
 
 
Michael Bregy, superintendent of Community Unit District 300, is leaving the sixth largest school district in the state to head Highland Park-based North Shore School District 112, officials confirmed Tuesday night. Bregy, 47, has spent 14 years in the Carpentersville-based district. “I would not be the educational leader that I am today without my experiences in District 300,” Bregy sai
 
 
Chicago Daily Herald – Found 1 hour ago… credentials to beat Quinn in November, and Dillard has emphasized his suburban background as part of that pitch. “While I will be a governor…
 
 
Wonderful discussion on how we can help and improve the 7th District at The NFP Advisory Meeting today!
 
 
Tornado survivors have less than a week to register for federal disaster assistance. Survivors must register by Monday, Jan. 27, to be considered for FEMA grants and SBA low-interest disaster loans to help cover eligible disaster-related expenses.Illinois Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes (DR-4157) |…www.fema.govThe start of a new year often means making resolutions to better our
 
 
Tomorrow is the big announcement! Join us in Chicago at 10am, Rock Island at 2:30pm, Peoria at 4:30pm, and Champaign at 7:30pm!Frerichs kicks off Illinois treasurer campaign on Wednesday — already has $800k socked awayvoices.suntimes.comState Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, is to formally announce his bid for Illinois Treasurer on Wednesday. With no primary challenge, Frerichs has a sizable
 
 
We need teams for our Trivia Night Fundraiser in Springfield on February 15th. Sign up today! Guaranteed fun; come out and support Senator Manar’s re-election campaign!
 
 
Illinois has no regulations on “BYOB” restaurants, so towns are left to make their own policies on the matter. – http://bit.ly/1cS49ZW 
 
 
Bitcoin: Illinois regulators are reviewing the use of cryptocurrencies http://qctimes.com/news/local/government-and-politics/state-officials-looking-at-virtual-currency/article_6c2e6687-b6eb-5357-8f80-e55121fbfe8b.html …
 
 
Sens. Kirk and Durbin agree that state towns should get FEMA help.Letter: FEMA disaster policy needs some adjustmentswww.sj-r.comA January 13 editorial urged changes to the formula the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses to determine which towns qualify for aid in the wake of a disaster. We couldn’t agree more. After the devastating tornadoes in Harrisburg and Ridgway in 2012, we intro
 
 
The Cook County health system needs a strong outsider to replace Dr. Ram Raju.
 
 
The Schaumburg Township Republican Organization invites the public to its monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Special guest speakers will be candidates for U.S. senator Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax, as well as subcircuit judge candidates Gary Seyring and John Curry.
 
 
After we went to press last night, the Illinois Board of Education decided not to vote on changes to special education class sizes. Here’s the updated story:State board of education backs off changes in special ed class sizeswww.beverlyreview.netA proposal to eliminate class-size protections for students with special needs will not be voted on by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as pla
 
 
Allowing the temporary income tax increase to expire may not be an option the state can afford, Democratic House candidate Gina Lathan said Tuesday.Lathan, who is running against Rep. Sue Scherer of Decatur in the March 18 Democratic primary for the 96th House district, said she’d prefer to let the tax hike expire at the end of the year but cannot commit to that.”My first choice would be to a
 
 
A year ago today, I watched President Obama take the oath of office for this second term. pic.twitter.com/kxzfSMk2bK
 
 
If you’re not following @AstroIllini (Mike Hopkins) you are truly missing out.
 
 
Great meeting with Superintendents in the Zion Benton Area. I share their concerns for equitable funding in education.
 
 
Illinois must do a better job ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to a quality education.
 
 
Our thoughts are with the @LifeAtPurdue community and the family and friends of the victim of today’s tragedy. #Purdue #B1G
 
 
Tornado survivors have less than a week to register for federal disaster assistance. Survivors must register by Monday, Jan. 27, to be…
 
 
Have you liked Senator Melinda Bush on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Senator-Melinda-Bush/491250180931087 …
 
 
Valuable ideas from Township Supervisor Jan Suthard. Impressed by Benton Township’s offering so many services on a limited budget.
 
 
“Frerichs schedules formal candidacy announcements,” – http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-21/frerichs-schedules-formal-candidacy-announcements.html … #twill #Chicago #RockIsland #peoria #Champaign #Democrat
 
 
I am calling for @SenatorKirk and his party to vote to extend unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed. Families are suffering.
 
 
There will be a rally for extending unemployment insurance, Jan. 22 at 2:00pm in front of the John C. Kluczynski Building (230 S. Dearborn).
 
 
On deck: Tonight I’m chairing fundraiser for Reps. Natalie Manley, Deb Conroy, and Fran Hurley; Haymarket; 737 W Randolph; 5:30 pm. #twill
 
 
.@RichWronski, Metra rep Jack Schaffer & CEO Don Orseno talk transit changes & more on #ChicagoTonight @ 7. Interview http://bit.ly/1dN0Hpw 
 
 
Metra’s the topic of discussion this evening on “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW Channel 11 at 7:00 pm. http://fb.me/6imlx652u 
 
 
Tom Cross will force balanced budget or take Gov to court. @ Republican Org of Elk Grv Township pic.twitter.com/SyJygTdL5d
 
 
Our Decatur Town Hall is still on for tonight (6:30-8:00, at the Decatur Civic Center). If you are able to join us, please bundle up and drive safely!
 
 
The Illinois 115th District is the heart of the heartland. Great access to interstate, airports, rail and river ways.
 
 
.@RutherfordDan saw you on chicago tonight. You did our party proud. A great discussion all around. #twill.
 
 
Heading out to walk the First Ward tonight with one of our strongest supporters, Alderman Joe Moreno (he promises he’s got a hat and coat in the car).
 
 
Excellent event last night, and great turnout on the South side of Chicago for the Black Conservatives of America and 6th Ward GOP’s honoring of Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy. I had the pleasure of speaking about my candidacy as well.
 
 
Joined @Chicago_Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to announce $18.5m in fed funds to fight gangs. http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=977 … pic.twitter.com/uUqSLD4jSR
 
 
Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. The winner of the Republican primary will be invited to a fall general …
 
 
Rauner’s Republican primary opponents are State Senator Kirk Dillard, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Senator Bill Brady.
 
 
Illinois Board of Education won’t vote on changing special education classesThe RepublicSPRINGFIELD, Illinois — The Illinois State Board of Education won’t be taking a controversial vote on changing the makeup of special education as scheduled. Board officials say they’ll now work instead on giving districts more flexibility with special …State board of education backs off changes in special ed
 
 
The scramble triggered the Illinois Department of Transportation in December to exempt propane drivers from rules governing how long they can be …
 
 
Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan helped build in those city pension triggers by passing a 2010 law requiring increased payments for …
 
 
Governor Quinn Urges Working Families to Apply for Earned Income Tax Credit CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged working families across Illinois to apply for Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Governor fought f… From: GovernorQuinn Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 11:01 More in News & Politics
 
 
Governor Quinn Announces Record $358 Million Year for Film Industry CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today visited the set of the hit TV series Chicago Fire to announce that the Illinois film industry generated a record estimate… From: GovernorQuinn Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 05:46 More in News & Politics
 
 
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock tours the Madison Theater to talk about possible tax credits for renovation. @K_Zeisy pic.twitter.com/lH27yQmHlr
 
 
A variety of state policy issues were in the news during the past week, including workers’ compensation reform, school funding fairness, redistricting reform, environmental protection and the latest in what often seems like an endless supply of bad economic news for Illinois.
 
 
Chicago is home to the man who calls himself the “human Ken doll”:’Human Ken Doll’ Plastic Surgery Addict Calls Trump Tower Homewww.1035kissfm.comJustin Jedlica relocated to Chicago in July.
 
 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined some 2,000 guests for the 34th Annual Chance of a Lifetime Gala last month (PHOTOS) — http://bit.ly/1cS6DrcJDRF raises $3.7 million to fight diabetesparkridge.suntimes.comChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Motown legend Smokey Robinson joined some 2,000 guests Dec. 14 for the 34th Annual Chance of a Lifetime Gala at the McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center, hosted by the Illinoi
 
 
http://thesource1370.com/programs/listen-now/#.Ut7h8RPnblZ … – Listen to Jim Spicuzza be interviewed in Florida at 4:30 EST & 3:30 CST. #schoolsafety
 
 
Governor Pat Quinn recently announced appointments to the state’s Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board. These appointments fill each of the board’s seven positions and will continue the state’s impl
 
 
Judy Pielach, news anchor
 
 
Sears plans to close its flagship location in the Loop this spring. It will start its liquidation sale at the location at 2 N. State St. on Jan. 26 and shut its doors in April.
 
 
Illinois falls in third place for being the worst state in the Union based on fiscal condition, according to the Mercatus Center. Unfortunately, Governor Quinn hasn’t done anything to improve our state since he took office and our citizens literally can’t afford another four years of his leadership.This state is in the worst fiscal condition: Studywww.cnbc.comA new study on state fiscal condition
 
 
Enjoying the Wild Game Dinner!2014 Campaign Trail
 
 
When Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presented the Sandwich Library Board with a $1.5 million check Jan. 13 towards the construction of a new library, the ceremony had to be held at the Louis P. Schultz VFW, because there wasn’t enough space in the library. “We couldn’t get a quarter of these people into the library,” library director Sarah Horn said, surveying the larg
 
 
A brief pause from posting photos from the 22 County tour to talk about a more serious subject. Stuff like this is why I want to win my race for congress. Last Friday Freedom Industries filed for bankruptcy. Remember them, they the poisoned water in Charleston W. Virginia. A little lax regulation having gotten spilled into the river upstream. Well when they reformed bankruptcy laws in ’05 and ma
 
 
Senator Bertino-Tarrant visited WBO and spoke to the student council about the qualities of leadership.William B. Orenic Intermediate School Student Council VisitSenator Bertino-Tarrant visited WBO and spoke to the student council about the qualities of leadership.
 
 
Wonderful discussion on how we can help and improve the 7th District at The NFP Advisory Meeting today!
 
 
Tornado survivors have less than a week to register for federal disaster assistance. Survivors must register by Monday, Jan. 27, to be considered for FEMA grants and SBA low-interest disaster loans to help cover eligible disaster-related expenses.Illinois Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes (DR-4157) |…www.fema.govThe start of a new year often means making resolutions to better our
 
 
Since 1960, the publication Grapevine, published by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University, has crunched the numbers …
 
 
* WGN… A disturbing trend the kids are trying: snorting Smarties. Thousands of YouTube videos have showed up showing kids grinding up the candy, and snorting it. They’re laughing and egging each other one some are even doing it right there in the classroom. They don’t think it’s risky because it’s candy and not a drug. But, kids are getting […]
 
 
Politics. John Cullerton. Chicago Tonight | January 22, 2014 11:00 am. Senate President John Cullerton joins us. Politics · View the discussion thread.
 
 
With a better Fitch outlook, Regional Transportation Authority of Illinois will take bids on $106 million of general obligation bonds with officials hoping …
 
 
Among the new laws which took effect at the beginning of 2014 is a law designed to protect hunters and fishers from interference from aerial drones. HB1652, sponsored by State Representative … Hoffman, a former Illinois gun safety instructor, added …
 
 
Hollie Taylor of the Egyptian Health Department (EHD) reached out to area residents Saturday, Jan. 19 at Little Giant Food Center in an effort to provide information on the now required Affordable Care Act, known in the state of Get Covered …
 
 
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteFrerichs schedules formal candidacy announcementsChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteMike Frerichs, D-Champaign, seeking to become the first statewide executive officeholder from Champaign County in more than 50 years, is scheduled to formally announce his candidacy for state treasurer on Wednesday. Frerichs officially filed for the …
 
 
Chicago Sun-TimesFrerichs kicks off Illinois treasurer campaign on Wednesday — already has …Chicago Sun-TimesState Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, is to formally announce his bid for Illinois Treasurer on Wednesday. With no primary challenge, Frerichs has a sizable campaign warchest, reporting more than $833,000 at the close of last month’s reporting period.
 
 
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced the Single-Family Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (SFOOR) program will ensure …
 
 
The purpose of the air monitor, according to Karen Pride, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, is to identity the current air conditions prior to the completion of the O’Hare Airport expansion project. New runway configurations and airplane arrival patterns now put a number of low-flying aircraft directly over the Maine South High School campus at 1111 S. Dee Road. … The air monitor
 
 
Representative Harris greets Mr. Malcolm Halec of Mount Prospect at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library’s “Meet Your Legislator” event on January 14th.
 
 
Have you liked Senator Melinda Bush on Facebook? https://t.co/ScSMkNkEU6Senator Melinda Bushfacebook.comGovernment Official
 
 
Illinois must do a better job ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to a quality education.
 
 
I support the legislation that provided for health coverage for all children without exclusions visit http://goo.gl/WzTejc  #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
Oberweis sees Durbin as tough, beatable in Senate race http://fb.me/6nYLj6ylh 
 
 
Mike Frerichs is announcing for #ILTreasurer tmw. Five questions he probably won’t answer… http://www.weareillinois.org/news/five-questions-for-mike-frerichs … #twill #ilgop
 
 
Wonderful discussion on how we can help and improve the 7th District at The NFP Advisory Meeting today!
 
 
We just released our first campaign video in advance of Mike’s announcement tour tomorrow! Watch it, share it with your friends, and invite them to sign-up and help grow this campaign.Meet Mike Frerichs: Democrat for Treasurer of IllinoisMike Frerichs is the only candidate with the financial know-how to get the Treasurer’s office running smoothly and transparently for the people of Illinois. …
 
 
Every candidate who wants to be governor should make clear whether they stand with Pam Harris or with the government union bosses. http://brucerauner.com/rauner-statement-on-harris-v-quinn/Rauner Statement on Harris v. Quinn – Bruce Raunerbrucerauner.comThe United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in Harris v. Quinn. In the case, Pam Harris is challenging Illinois’ requirements t
 
 
Meeting people at the Pepe’s in Waukegan. (A favorite of the Mayor of Waukegan)
 
 
Dear Government, If you don’t have it, don’t spend it. Regards, The Taxpayer
 
 
Jay engaged with volunteers
 
 
Click to read Sen. Rezin’s Report for the week of January 13-17:District 38 Rezin : Sen. Rezin’s Report: Workers’ compensation reform, school funding fairness,…district38rezin.ilsenategop.net’-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN’ ‘http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd’ …
 
 
We’ve just completed our next radio ad, and we’d like you to hear it first! http://goo.gl/FnFf3P #CrossforTreasurer
 
 
PLAINFIELD – State Rep Tom Cross (R-Plainfield), who is running for the GOP’s State Treasurer nomination, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon siding with Pam Harris in the Harris vs Quinn case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case focuses on…
 
 
Congressman Aaron Schock says renovating the dilapidated Madison Theater is the key to revitalizing downtown Peoria. The Peoria Republican toured the facility Tuesday. He says he’s working to renew federal tax credits that could help finance the renovation of the more than ten year old building.
 
 
The Batavia City Council is expected to vote on the TIF District incentive Tuesday night.
 
 
The carrier has added 4G LTE-capable small cell sites to all 11 of Metra’s commuter routes.
 
 
Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune editorial page editor, talks about the recent Republican primary debates and why tonight’s debate was canceled. Last night’s forum allowed three of the four candidates to answer both hard-hitting and softball questions from high school students. Why wasn’t Bruce Rauner there? Download: 01-21Dold.mp3 The Chicago Tribune’s Bruce Dold. (WGN Radio)
 
 
Executive Director Garrett Peck said story coverage and online comments are the reasons why his staff decided Patch is not a “legitimate media outlet.”
 
 
Perfect NCAA bracket to win $1 billion? Sure I’ll try. http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/21/news/companies/buffett-ncaa-bracket/index.html?hpt=hp_t3 …
 
 
State agency sees #Evanston’s Harley Clarke Mansion as ‘good fit’: http://bit.ly/1fWxhXH
 
 
‘Chicago Fire’ brings Illinois economy $58 million http://bit.ly/1cRF955
 
 
I am running against #LuisGutierrez in the IL 4th District for US Congress @RepGutierrez Let’s #Debate #WomenInCongress #AlFor4thGerry
 
 
It’s time to have Congress members who represent their constituents. I’m running for US Congress to represent you. pic.twitter.com/wXpqS0z5En
 
 
Can you believe 32-year career politician Dick Durbin called someone else “out of touch?” http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/career-politician-durbin-disaster-illinois-middle-class-yet-laughingly-calls-another-candidate-touch/ …
 
 
How bad does Dick Durbin’s record have to be before we fire him? http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/career-politician-durbin-disaster-illinois-middle-class-yet-laughingly-calls-another-candidate-touch/ …
 
 
Any one who wants to be governor should make clear whether they stand with Pam Harris or with the gov’t union bosses. http://brucerauner.com/rauner-statement-on-harris-v-quinn/ …
 
 
Started today in #Peoria with AGSOLV and received their Friend of Agriculture award. Now I’m back in #Chicago. #twill pic.twitter.com/BEA2A3COLK
 
 
Mike Frerichs is announcing for #ILTreasurer tmw. Five questions he probably won’t answer… http://www.weareillinois.org/news/five-questions-for-mike-frerichs … #twill #ilgop
 
 
The politically powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has pocketed more than $50 million from home healthcare workers forced to pay union dues by two Democratic governors in Illinois, according to new study. Documents obtained by the …
 
 
Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto roundup kills the queens I praise all the countries and all the regions of the world which unite in resisting Monsanto’s gm crops! From: MaccabeeCaptain Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 04:25 More in Autos & Vehicles
 
 
Sen. Frerichs is announcing his campaign for IL Treasurer tomorrow. Five questions he probably won’t answer… http://www.weareillinois.org/news/five-questions-for-mike-frerichsFive Questions for Mike Frerichswww.weareillinois.orgMike Frerichs is launching his campaign for Illinois Treasurer this week. But the people of Illinois have some questions that Sen. Frerichs needs to answer…
 
 
Bring your questions and comments for Rep. Ron Sandack to Downers Grove Library Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
 
 
BAD PRESS, NO PROBLEM Bruce Rauner has had a rough couple of weeks, but you’d never know it from the results of a new We Ask America poll. Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller wonders whether Rauner can ride this wave all the way to
 
 
Allied Barton in Northbrook is looking for full-time professional security officers; Visit http://alliedbarton.com  for more info #joboftheday
 
 
Keep the Boilermakers in your prayers. I hope no one was harmed. “@chicagotribune: Shots fired at Purdue University http://bit.ly/1cR5n7J “
 
 
Freedom and liberty…promote the general welfare, health. Good things. http://instagram.com/p/jcFop-tzDC/ 
 
 
#BloodDrive at Presence Hospital aka Our Lady of Resurrection on Addison & Central – help save lives! pic.twitter.com/E7REXLxtsH
 
 
If you want to go Paleo eating I would recommend the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with an almond. Has a little of everything you love.
 
 
Wearing your #seatbelt is one of the best things you can do in dangerous wx conditions. Use extreme caution if you’re driving today. #ilwx
 
 
I’m in Wilmington having lunch with Mayor Orr and Admin Tony Graff. We have a meeting with IDOT to discuss issues this afternoon.
 
 
Progressive Tax is not the way forward. Let’s create an environment conducive to job creation. Here is my record… http://www.repedsullivan.com/the_sullivan_jobs_record …
 
 
Truly telltale. RT @WSJ: Why using the phrase “to be honest” makes you sound like you’re lying: http://on.wsj.com/1aG8CSN 
 
 
Coming up, live on the Tribune: #MetroDesk on new abuse docs from archdiocese, w/ @AngelaRozas and @TribSeeker. http://bit.ly/1aIBIOh 
 
 
We just released our 1st video before Mike’s kickoff tour! Watch it and then RT it. Help grow this campaign. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds3Qs3CT2YM&feature=youtu.be … #twill
 
 
SSC is hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for their new Welding Lab on Tuesday, January 28th from 3:00 p.m…. http://fb.me/11KE0xPkq 
 
 
Awful. RT @AP: BREAKING: Purdue University Provost Tim Sands says 1 person killed in campus shooting.
 
 
In health, there is freedom. Check this out.. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/health/peace-of-mind-is-first-benefit-for-many-now-getting-medicaid.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0&referrer= …
 
 
Marking five years as IL State Senate Pres for Cullerton http://ilsendems.co/1hJBXh7 
 
 
When authorities in July found the tortured, broken body of 8-year-old Gizzell Ford lying among trash in an Austin apartment, it became yet another heartbreaking example of the failings of the state’s child welfare system. It’s a tragic scene that happens far too often in Illinois. Over the past five years, more than 450 children have died from abuse and neglect, and recent numbers from the Illino
 
 
Machesney Park…  In response to the growing heroin epidemic among teens and young adults in Winnebago County and the Rockford area, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) is teaming up with local officials and community service providers to educate parents and families about how to prevent and respond to this public health threat in our community.
 
 
Ed Sullivan endorsed by Cuba Township Republicans – http://bit.ly/1cRl9iM
 
 
 
 
When Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presented the Sandwich Library Board with a $1.5 million check Jan. 13 towards the construction of a new library, the ceremony had to be held at the Louis P. Schultz VFW, because there wasn’t enough space in the library. “We couldn’t get a quarter of these people into the library,” library director Sarah Horn said, surveying the larg
 
 
Extending the tax rates established in 2011 is something I simply will not support. Illinoisans are already overtaxed and we must let the rate hike expire so that our state can get back to work.Taxes likely to dominate legislative sessionwww.sj-r.comCompared with last year’s session, when Illinois lawmakers tackled major issues ranging from pensions to gay marriage to concealed carry, the legislat
 
 
I’m in Wilmington having lunch with Mayor Orr and Admin Tony Graff. We have a meeting with IDOT to discuss issues this afternoon.
 
 
The Progressive Income Tax is not the way to move our state forward. We need to help create a business environment that is conducive to job creation. Here is my record…The Sullivan Jobs Recordwww.repedsullivan.comIllinois House District 51
 
 
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We just released our first campaign video in advance of Mike’s announcement tour tomorrow! Watch it, share it with your friends, and invite them to sign-up and help grow this campaign.Meet Mike Frerichs: Democrat for Treasurer of Illinoiswww.youtube.comMike Frerichs is the only candidate with the financial know-how to get the Treasurer’s office running smoothly and transparently for the people of
 
 
The map below shows a snapshot across town of the changes in median family income between 2000 and 2011.
 
 
* Sen. Kirk Dillard unveiled a proposal yesterday to lower the state’s gasoline sales tax by 3 percentage points and then using the remaining 2 percent state sales tax to fund a $1 billion capital program for roads and bridges… “This will save a typical family in Illinois nearly $200 a year while also putting people […]
 
 
* Sun-Times… Judges in Cook County have begun revoking inmates’ sentences to boot camp and resentencing them instead to prison in response to a Chicago Sun-Times investigation that revealed hundreds of violent offenders were improperly sentenced to the program. In November, the newspaper reported that violent criminals were being sent to boot camp, an alternative to prison […]
 
 
* Tribune editorial… “I am not an employee of the state. I work from my home. I don’t want the union in my home. I can Norma Rae with the rest of them.” That’s the sentiment of Pamela Harris, an Illinoisan who provides care for her disabled son, Joshua. He has a rare condition that causes cognitive […]
 
 
* More from the Tribune’s coverage of yesterday’s WTTW GOP candidate forum… A generation gap was on display. Asked by the teens what TV show or character inspired them, Brady cited “Bonanza,” which stopped airing first-run shows in 1973. Rutherford said “Sea Hunt,” which ran first-run episodes until 1961. Dillard kissed up to the hosts, listing […]
 
 
Ameren Illinois is investing in electric infrastructure improvements to upgrade the reliability and performance of its energy delivery system in La Salle …
 
 
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Fire Service Institute has … The mission of the Illinois Fire Service Institute is to help firefighters do their work …
 
 
John Cullerton feted at SundanceCrain’s Chicago Business (blog)John Cullerton (pictured) and Mitt Romney are among politicos in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. Along with the usual celebrity sightings, some notable politicos have been spotted at the Sundance Film Festival, which is in full throttle in Utah …
 
 
* AP… Recent pension reform legislation has been hailed as historic and groundbreaking, but the $160 billion savings plan ultimately won’t make much of a dent in the state’s growing deficits, a report released Tuesday says. While the changes to the state’s major public pension systems will eliminate their unfunded liability over the next 25 years, the […]
 
 
* We had 172 comments last week in response to my call for questions we could ask the gubernatorial candidates. Your task today is to scroll through those comments and choose your one personal favorite. Thanks.
 
 
* Rep. Tom Cross is running a new radio ad in Springfield, Bloomington and Champaign. Rate it… Skyrocketing debt, record high taxes, the nation’s worst budget deficit. State government is a mess. We need new leadership in Springfield. Illinois voters are facing an important choice for state treasurer. Tom Cross is running to stop the dishonest budget gimmicks and enforce […]
 
 
* Sounds horrible, doesn’t it?… As the number of complaints about the racket caused by jets using O’Hare Airport’s new runway soar, two Northwest Side aldermen want answers from airport officials about what can be done to turn down the volume. From September — the last full month before the new east-west runway opened in October — […]
 
 
Illinois Rep. John Cabello to host Heroin Awareness Summit Jan. 22The Rock River TimesJohn Cabello, R-Machesney Park, is teaming up with local officials and community service providers to educate parents and families about how to prevent and respond to this public health threat in our community. The Heroin Awareness Summit will take …Community Officials Teaming Up for Heroin Awareness SummitHero
 
 
January 20, 2014. Valley View 365U school board officials renewed a contract with a lobbyist group to provide district representation in Springfield.
 
 
PAXTON – Paxton small business owner Jim Walder awaits a decision from Illinois Human Rights Commission pertaining as to the fate of his bed and breakfast. A lesbian couple from Mattoon filed a complaint against TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast in…
 
 
If you want to know how government overreach hurts people, read about Pam Harris and her son Josh. http://ow.ly/sNvyA  #twill
 
 
Senate Week in Review: January 13 – 17 – http://luechtefeld.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/437/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Hosting a #BloodDrive today with Presence Hospital on Addison & Central. Join us & help save lives #39thDistrict 10-2pm
 
 
In the Rodney Davis GOP #ILCong primary, @tkacich reports fmr Miss USA Harold has Herman Cain campaigning for her. http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-21/herman-cain-campaign-harold.html …
 
 
Atendees in court incl Cook Co State’s Attorney Alverez, who took a risk bringing terror charges; office has no experience w such cases.
 
 
Dr. Ram Raju, the chief executive of Cook County’s $1 billion-a-year health system, is leaving after two years in that job to take a high-level appointment from newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Raju will be president of the New York hospital system.
 
 
Interest Shown from Private Sector for Illiana Expressway http://t.co/3pWbg1Xhwkhttp://t.co/3pWbg1Xhwktri.ioHuge news for the future of the Illiana Expressway.  Will County Executive Larry Walsh explains that there were 6 requests for proposals to build the Illiana Expressway.                               All companies that bid have done work throughout the United States and put a bid in for the
 
 
House GOP reiterates stance against progressive taxHouse GOP reiterates stance against progressive taxwsoyam.comSPRINGFIELD– Republicans in the General Assembly who oppose a progressive income tax say they oppose it even if the corporate income tax were abolished. � They frame their opposition to a progressive income tax – one that charges higher rates
 
 
Members of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce who responded to a poll by the chamber said they prefer Councilman Don Monty serve as the new acting mayor. –> http://bit.ly/1juc5Gz
 
 
Herald & Review publisher Todd Nelson is taking another opportunity.Nelson leaves publishing postherald-review.comTodd Nelson, regional publisher of Lee Enterprises’ Central Illinois Group, announced this morning that he is leaving Lee in four weeks to become president of the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, LLC
 
 
Online Staff Report In response to the growing heroin epidemic among teens and young adults in Winnebago County and the Rockford area, Illinois Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, is teaming up with local officials and community service providers to educate parents and families about how to prevent and respond to this public health threat in our community. The Heroin Awareness Summit will take pl
 
 
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is not a huge fan of high-speed rail improvements funding in Illinois.Rutherford not sold on high-speed rail costswww.wjbc.comAs high-speed rail improvements continue between Chicago and St. Louis, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says pushing the project would not be at the top of his priority list if he is elected governor. (AKath/flickr)
 
 
The Archdiocese of Chicago took steps to conceal sexual abuse by serial abusers, promoted and moved priests with multiple accusations against them and had victims making the allegations investigated, archdiocese documents released Tuesday reveal.
 
 
Supreme Court to decide if those hired to provide in-home health care are state employees and covered by the SEIU. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k
 
 
The General Assembly passed the highest spending budget this state has ever seen last year, and they are still falling short on promises while bleeding us dry. Despite pension reform, state deficit will growwww.dailyherald.comRecent pension reform legislation has been hailed as historic and groundbreaking, but the $160 billion savings plan ultimately won’t make much of a dent in the state’s growin
 
 
We are pleased to announce that Herman Cain is coming to Illinois to campaign for Erika.  Please go to our Herman Cain page for more details!
 
 
Illinois currently has the 6th highest gas tax in the nation. It’s time to stop taxing our taxes and cut Illinois families a break. CLICK LIKE & check-out the story: http://bit.ly/1f3aFld
 
 
YARD SIGNS IN MORTON I will be in Morton for a Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Morton Knights of Columbus, 616 W. David Street in Morton. The gathering goes from noon-1:00 PM. I will be there during that time. This is not a fundraising event, but donations will be accepted: https://www.danrutherford.org/contribute/ You may also mail checks payable to DRCC, 2
 
 
 
 
This situation along with AFSCME’s ability to change provisions in the Maximus contract indicate the state’s inability to protect both individual citizens and it’s own financial interest due to over-zealous public sector unions. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-scotus-union-dues-20140121,0,853132.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2F
 
 
In Chicago tomorrow and have a few minutes to spare around 10am? Join me for my 1st official announcement stop!
 
 
Suburban sales taxes authorized by the General Assembly, help pay for rail transit. Are riders & taxpayers getting reliable service & value? Take my survey & tell me what you think.Illinois Roundup – Metra Surveywww.surveymonkey.comWeb survey powered by SurveyMonkey.com. Create your own online survey now with SurveyMonkey’s expert certified FREE templates.
 
 
The spring term of The Kimberly A. Lightford Saturday University is now open for registration.Registration open for the spring term of the Kimberly A. Lightford Saturday Universitywww.senatorlightford.com
 
 
Extending the tax rates established in 2011 is something I simply will not support. Illinoisans are already overtaxed and we must let the rate hike expire so that our state can get back to work.Taxes likely to dominate legislative sessionwww.sj-r.comCompared with last year’s session, when Illinois lawmakers tackled major issues ranging from pensions to gay marriage to concealed carry, the legislat
 
 
Please take my Metro survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IllinoisMetra 
 
 
Started the morning in #Peoria with agricultural leaders and now headed back up to #Chicago for announcement prep. #twill
 
 
Caucus Blog: Time to Rewrite Illinois Tax Code – via @DennisReboletti http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/01/reboletti-time-to-rewrite-illinois-tax.html?spref=tw …
 
 
Venues foresee more business when gay-marriage law takes effect http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-20/venues-foresee-more-business-when-gay-marriage-law-takes-effect.html … via @news_gazette
 
 
Metra Riders @RonSandack wants to hear from you for an upcoming hearing. Take his brief survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IllinoisMetra 
 
 
Take action: Tell Your State Legislators to Stand up to #ALEC’s Extreme Corporate Agenda #StandUpToALEC http://bit.ly/1afvpXQ  #1u
 
 
In health there is freedom. Read this: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/health/peace-of-mind-is-first-benefit-for-many-now-getting-medicaid.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0&referrer= …
 
 
In #Chicago tomorrow at 10am? Come to my first stop on my announcement tour at @CCCTU_Local1600 Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1376236365948439/ … #twill
 
 
Suburban sales taxes authorized by the General Assembly, help pay for rail transit. Are riders & taxpayers… http://fb.me/3IEL4QRhR 
 
 
Illinoisans keep fleeing – http://www.senatorlahood.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/115/nid/355/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Senate Week in Review: January 13 – 17 – http://luechtefeld.senategop.org/Media/News/NewsDetails/tabid/102/nid/437/r/1/Default.aspx …
 
 
Hosting a #BloodDrive today with Presence Hospital on Addison & Central. Join us & help save lives #39thDistrict 10-2pm
 
 
ICYMI: This weekend I sat down with WLS-AM 890’s Bill Cameron to talk about my work on the Appropriations Committee, the President’s reforms to the controversial NSA data mining program, the federal budget, local politics and the new mascot for the Chicago Cubs. Click here to listen: http://www.wlsam.com/page.php?page_id=55433
 
 
State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) announced today that his district office staff would be available at the Downers Grove Public Library for Evening Mobile Office Hours this week:
 
 
Click HERE to view the slideshow to learn about the process for determining your property taxes and how to appeal if you believe you are being charged in error.
 
 
Calls on Every Candidate to Take Stand on Critical IssueThe United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in Harris v. Quinn. In the case, Pam Harris is challenging Illinois’ requirements that home care providers are designated as government employees and forced to provide union dues even though they are hired by the individuals for whom they provide care. Moreover, Harris only provid
 
 
“The defendants conducted an extensive, coordinated scheme that involved the use of more than 50 stolen identities to obtain fraudulent funds,” Madigan said. “This case reinforces how important it is to protect and carefully monitor your personal information to avoid falling victim to identity theft.”Attorney General Madigan Charges Four for Student Loan Fraud in DuPage Countywww.enewspf.comChicag
 
 
Illinoisans keep fleeing United Van Lines placed Illinois at Number 2 on its list of top “Outbound” states for 2013; only New Jersey rated above Illinois on the United Van Lines list at Number 1.News, Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood, Serving the 37th Senate District in the Illinois…www.senatorlahood.comDarin LaHood proudly serves the 37th Senate District in the Illinois General Assembly. Se
 
 
Just a reminder!Rezin’s district office to help people apply for concealed carrywww.ottawaradio.netState Sen Sue Rezin is opening her district office to help people submit concealed carry applications online Illinois State Police arent accepting…
 
 
I’m in Wilmington having lunch with Mayor Orr and Admin Tony Graff. We have a meeting with IDOT to discuss issues this afternoon.
 
 
Peaceful, crisp and sunny in west champaign. #door2door #chambana pic.twitter.com/itFZ2OatHN
 
 
Looking forward to joining my friend and colleague, @MikeforIllinois on Wed night in #Champaign #twill http://frerichsforillinois.com/event/champaign-campaign-kick-off/ …
 
 
Started the morning in #Peoria with agricultural leaders and now headed back up to #Chicago for announcement prep. #twill
 
 
Tio Hardiman and I are in this race to win for The People. We’re not spoilers nor are we sell outs! This state is broken we can fix it!
 
 
Welcome to the movement! We are not slave traders trading young people to the prisons or cemetery to enrich ourselves! Power 2 the People!
 
 
The Hardiman Campaign has boots on the ground in every county in Illinois! Our Gov. has not stood up for the poor or working class!
 
 
How can the Gov. stand up for us when he can’t stand up to high officials for himself. He takes “orders” and won’t step out of line!
 
 
In court!
 
 
Attorney General Madigan Charges Four for Student Loan Fraud in DuPage County http://bit.ly/1fW2El3  #twill
 
 
In #Champaign tomorrow at 7:30pm? Join me at my announcement stop at the Illinois Terminal! https://www.facebook.com/events/1429861943898755/ … #twill #Urbana #Democrat
 
 
Yard sign pick up in Morton Thurs 1/23, Morton Knights of Columbus, 616 W David St. The gathering goes from noon-1:00 PM. I will be there
 
 
Congrats to Romuald Matuszczak named Man of the Year by the Chicago Society of the Polish National Alliance Saturday! pic.twitter.com/8rVdGx3jrU
 
 
Any one who wants to be governor should make clear whether they stand with Pam Harris or with the gov’t union bosses. http://brucerauner.com/rauner-statement-on-harris-v-quinn/ …
 
 
ICYMI: Talked NSA reforms, federal budget, #Chicago #Illinois politics & more w/ @wlsam890’s @billjcameron http://www.wlsam.com/page.php?page_id=55433 …
 
 
Thanks to @RepCicilline for a great rally for #CIR in #Providence. Glad to have you on #HJC fighting for #reform. http://bit.ly/1dQS2ke 
 
 
Condolences to friends & family of Lexie Kamerman, a brave Chicagoan who died building a better future in Afghanistan http://bit.ly/1ijJypb 
 
 
O’Hare Noise Complaints Soar, Aldermen Call for City Hearing http://dnain.fo/1ajJ7Jb  via @DNAinfoCHI @HeatherCherone #IL05 #Chicago
 
 
I am a “Term Limit” candidate. Term Limits would help this state move in the right direction. Ask all candidates running if they support this important Referendum that will be put on the November ballot. If they are not for it, they are the problem, too. That means they are wanting to go to Springfield for the wrong reason–to be a Career Politician! We need “Public Servants”,
 
 
Women for Will are leading the way — join in this Saturday: http://www.willguzzardi.com/women_for_will
 
 
How bad does Dick Durbin’s record have to be before we fire him? http://www.dougtruax.com/2014/01/career-politician-durbin-disaster-illinois-middle-class-yet-laughingly-calls-another-candidate-touch/ …
 
 
More from the weekend tour. Effingham stop at Niemerg’s. pic.twitter.com/fqPvEBsrH5
 
 
If more than 1/2 of our current Congress are millionaires, are they really representing your interests? It’s time to have Congress members who represent their constituents. I’m running for US Congress to represent you.
 
 
I was honored last night to be asked to speak to the Black Conservatives of America and the 6th Ward Republican Org for their standing room only Martin Luther King event.
 
 
3 COOK COUNTY SIGN PICK UP OPPORTUNITIES, MORE TO COME Our campaign will be having three opportunities, the first of several in Cook County, this weekend to pick up Rutherford/Kim yard and window signs. I would appreciate it if you could please help spread the word and join me. The first is in Schaumburg on Saturday, January 25th for a Rutherford/Kim yard sign pick up in the foyer at Chandler’s
 
 
Attended a reception for Korean American community leader Ann Jhin in celebration of Ann Jhin day in chicago. Great to see our past and soon to be future Congressman Bob Dold at the event.
 
 
Lunch with supporters from the Pakistani American community. Thank you Talat for setting up the meet and greet.
 
 
According to the Mercatus Center, Illinois is the third-worst state in the Union based on fiscal condition. Governor Quinn hasn’t done anything to improve this state since he took office and our citizens literally can’t afford another four years of his leadership.This state is in the worst fiscal condition: Studywww.cnbc.comA new study on state fiscal condition ranks a northeastern state dead last
 
 
DOWNERS GROVE — Career politician Dick Durbin has been a disaster for Illinois’ lower- and middle-income citizens yet he recently tried to deflect that miserable record by launching into a tirade against a private sector Republican gubernatorial candidate. Durbin called that candidate “out-of-touch.” That remark might rank as one of the most sadly ironic statements in 2014 thus far. “Dick Durbin i
 
 
The head of my Educational Advisory Board, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, has shaped my thinking about how education policy must adapt if we are to prepare students for the career and college demands of the 21st Century. Please take a few moments to watch this short U.S. Chamber of Commerce profile of Dr. Lopez talking about how he helped make education relevant for students at Wheeling High School. Click the
 
 
If more than 1/2 of our current Congress are millionaires, are they really representing your interests? It’s time to have Congress members who represent their constituents. I’m running for US Congress to represent you.
 
 
At the Kendall County Republican Women’s candidates forum in Yorkville.
 
 
One of my proudest duties as a congressman is helping young men and women meet their goals by nominating them for admission to our prestigious service academies. On Saturday, at the Village of Oak Lawn’s Johnson Phelps VFW post 5220, I announced my 14 nominees from the 3rd Congressional District for admission to the U.S. Service Academies for the entering classes of 2014. My office receives hundre
 
 
Machesney Park…  In response to the growing heroin epidemic among teens and young adults in Winnebago County and the Rockford area, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) is teaming up with local officials and community service providers to educate parents and families about how to prevent and respond to this public health threat in our community.
 
 
In response to the growing heroin epidemic in our community, I will be hosting a Heroin Awareness Summit composed of local officials and community service providers to help combat this dangerous and addictive drug. The crucial step to solving this epidemic is community collaboration. I hope everyone can attend and if there is any questions please contact my district office at (815) 282-0083. ht
 
 
I am a “Term Limit” candidate. Term Limits would help this state move in the right direction. Ask all candidates running if they support this important Referendum that will be put on the November ballot. If they are not for it, they are the problem, too. That means they are wanting to go to Springfield for the wrong reason–to be a Career Politician! We need “Public Servants”,
 
 
BLOOMINGTON — Jim Oberweis knows it will be a “tough battle” vying for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Dick Durbin, but the Republican state senator said he thinks the longtime incumbent has enough going against him to make an interesting race.
 
 
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Chicago Tribune – Found 1 hour ago_ Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but …
 
 
Looking forward to joining my friend and colleague, @MikeforIllinois on Wed night in #Champaign #twill http://frerichsforillinois.com/event/champaign-campaign-kick-off/ …
 
 
.@DorianDickinson @ashvinlad you can blame my daughters 4 keeping me tech savy. Pizza @DimosWrigley 4 sure next time I’m in @thisislakeview
 
 
Today’s guests @KassCohn Bill Brady GOP gov. candidate, in studio (likes Bonanza), @FoxNews Catherine Herridge (Snowdown/Russia) @wlsam890
 
 
@AP asks Why I want to be Illinois governor in 140 characters? See my answer @CrainsChicago http://fw.to/23eGt9P 
 
 
Attending IL CPA Society member town hall this morning in OakBrook. Looking foward to discussing solutions to our budget issues.
 
 
“I can Norma Rae with the rest of them.” Forced unionizing of home care workers? Oh, brother. Editorial: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-supreme-court-homecare-edit-0121-20140121,0,5612678.story …
 
 
Northwest Herald – Found 1 hour agoBill Brady at 17 percent, Treasurer Dan Rutherford at 15 percent and state Sen. Kirk Dillard bringing up the rear at 9 percent.
 
 
Last spring, legislators, environmentalists and the oil industry worked hard to approve legislation that would allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Illinois.
 
 
Robert White (R) Cand. for the 115th Dist on the air at 7:20am.
 
 
More than 100 teenagers from local McHenry County churches traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life this week, and I was thrilled to host them on Capitol Hill. Even with snow and below freezing temperatures predicted, these defenders of life will be out in force on Wednesday on the National Mall. Thanks to Brian Kelly, Jennifer Collins and all of the chaperons for organizi
 
 
Going to a breakfast meeting with a local chapter of the IL CPA Society. I’m guessing illinois’ fiscal condition will be the main topic of discussion.
 
 
One more pic from MLK Jr. Day. All smiles last night at the African American Arts Alliance.
 
 
Supreme Court to decide if those hired to provide in-home health care are state employees and covered by the SEIU. http://ow.ly/1RUM8k
 
 
The General Assembly passed the highest spending budget this state has ever seen last year, and they are still falling short on promises while bleeding us dry. Despite pension reform, state deficit will growwww.dailyherald.comRecent pension reform legislation has been hailed as historic and groundbreaking, but the $160 billion savings plan ultimately won’t make much of a dent in the state’s growin
 
 
I’ll be operating out of Waterloo for the next week and a half, with the focus on organization and infrastructure. This photo is from last Thursday in Riverside Township with Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
 
 
Insurers lose millions for failing to hit Illinois Medicaid quality benchmarksCrain’s Chicago BusinessThe Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which administers Medicaid, recently released a new scorecard that for the first time offers a glimpse into how well any of the state’s new coordinated-care programs is meeting quality …
 
 
Board members and other city leaders reached Monday by The News-Gazette suggested the issue had more community support than when it last …
 
 
In the District: Congratulations to Lincoln’s coach Neil Alexander on your leadership skills!Lincoln’s Alexander picks up 700th coaching winwww.lincolncourier.comThe Lincoln Railsplitters snapped a two-game skid and got Alexander his 700th career win Monday evening with a 58-31 rout of Taylorville. Now the IBCA Hall of Fame coach would just like to return to the business of playing them one at a t
 
 
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8 inches of snow on the ground and not a cloud in the sky. This. *******. Winter.
 
 
Going to a breakfast meeting with a local chapter of the IL CPA Society. I’m guessing illinois’ fiscal condition… http://fb.me/13laa1Cf6